11D10N Italian Dolomites & Germany
Day 01 – MILAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – MILAN
On arrival at Milan Malpensa International Airport, your driver will meet you at the arrival hall and drive you to your hotel in Milan.
Day 02 – MILAN [B]
, a city of fashion, design and finance, is a bustling metropolitan city with a rich history of art and culture. Iconic attractions include: the Gothic Duomo di Milano Cathedral
; the Castello Sforzesco
(15th century defensive fortress with large courtyards and massive walls); the Santa Maria delle Grazie
convent (housing the “The Last Supper
” mural by Leonardo da Vinci); the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
(impressive building filled with shops); the Quadrilatero della Moda
(Milan’s exclusive shopping district); the Navigli Canals
(canal neighbourhood with loads of restaurants and bars); the Teatro alla Scala
(opera house); and the beautiful Romanesque Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio
Day 03 – MILAN – CORTINA [B]
Head to Cortina d’Ampezzo
(Cortina). An alpine town, Cortina ranks among the top destinations in Europe for hikers in summer and skiers in winter. The awesome beauty of the very unique Dolomites draws visitors from all over the world and it is no wonder therefore that it has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage Site
status. Cable cars (optional and time-permitting) at and around Cortina will bring you to elevations and mountain summits that will afford you breathtaking and top-of-the-world views of the Dolomites.
Day 04 – CORTINA: LAKE MISURINA & TRE CIME [B]
Begin the day with a tour of the picturesque Lake Misurina
and the iconic Tre Cime
“) of the Dolomites. In the afternoon, enjoy Cortina at your own pace and perhaps opt to take a ride on a couple of the mountain lifts.
Day 05 – CORTINA: SELLARONDA CIRCUIT [B]
Continue to soak up the full glory of the Dolomites with a full day tour to the Dolomiti Passes including Passo Gardena
, Passo Sella
, Passo Pordoi
and Passo Campolongo
. Enjoy the splendour of the Dolomites driving through (over a stretch of about 110km) the Costalunga Pass, Falzarego, Pordoi rising up to 2,000m and view the peaks of Tofane, Lagazuoi and many admired mountain ranges in the area including the famous and stunning Cinque Torri
(5 Torri). At Cinque Torri, visit the unique and remarkable Open Air Museums of the First World War
up on the mountain tops.
Day 06 – CORTINA – VAL GARDENA [B]
Head to Val Gardena
. Val Gardena, a valley right in the heart of the Dolomites in South Tyrol, is nestled beneath and between the alpine summits of the spectacular Sciliar
(3,025m) and Sella
(3,152m) groups of mountain ranges and sitting at an elevation of between 1,236m and 1,563m with 3 key towns – Ortisei
, Santa Cristina
– that are no more than 10km apart between Ortisei in the west to Selva in the east. In and around Val Gardena, the meadows – including Alpe di Siusi
– and ski slopes rise up to as high as 2,518m with mountain summits as high as 3,181m. At sunrise and sunset, Alpe di Siusi is a popular location to look towards the Sciliar and Sassolungo to enjoy the “Enrosadira
” phenomenon. Enjoy the mountains and alpine meadows via the numerous lifts and lift facilities all over Val Gardena.
Day 07 – VAL GARDENA [B]
Continue to enjoy Val Gardena at your own pace. Take a ride up to Ciampinoi
(2,254m) for a panoramic aerial view of the Dolomites and also to Mont De Seura
(2,117m) for a full frontal view of the magnificent Sassolungo
Day 08 – VAL GARDENA [B]
Continue to enjoy Val Gardena at your own pace. Ride up to Seceda
(2,518m) on a cable car and enjoy the Puez Odle National Park
, a popular venue for paragliders. Ride up to Dantercepies
(2,298m) and go up close and personal to the gigantic Sellaronda
Day 09 – VAL GARDENA – MUNICH [B]
Head to Munich
via the famous Brenner Pass. Munich – the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria
– is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. Munich is known for its annual Oktoberfest
celebration and its beer halls
, including the famed Hofbräuhaus
, founded in 1589. In the Altstadt (Old Town) is Marienplatz
, a central square with landmarks such as the neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus
(town hall). At the Rathaus is the Rathaus Glockenspiel
, reputed to be the most extravagant clock in the world – and quite justifiably so! Here’s why – the Glockenspiel features a clock face, 43 bells and more than 30 full-sized mechanical figures; the figures act out scenes lasting about 15 minutes from German history and mythology on several tiers below the clock face; built in the early 20th century, the Glockenspiel’s main purpose has been more about entertaining people than to tell time! No wonder therefore its well-earned reputation! The “show” starts at 11am and 12pm every day, with additional show at 5pm between March and October.
Day 10 – MUNICH [B]
Enjoy today in Munich
at your own pace. Beyond sights and shopping opportunities, do find some time to enjoy the gourmet F&B that Munich has to offer. Head to Hofbräuhaus
– a quintessential Bavarian beer hall – when you are hungry and thirsty – the ambience, the atmosphere and most importantly the food and beers served by Hofbräuhaus will almost certainly be a delightful gastronomic experience.
Day 11 – MUNICH – MUNICH AIRPORT [B]
Head to Munich Franz Josef Strauss International Airport for your flight home.
Whether you prefer the above itinerary “as-is” or have it customised, if you will indicate the start/end dates of your intended travel and provide your contact details, we will get in touch with you to discuss the itinerary on a no-obligations basis on your part.